Colleton County Fire-Rescue
26/March/2017 – Multi-Acre Woods Fire – “B” Shift
Incident # 17-02013 – Over 100 acres was burned and one home was damaged in a large multi-acre woods fire that began at 1254 Nunuville Road Sunday afternoon 26-March at 15:22. Engine 19 arrived to find a fast moving woods fire threatening several structures. A structural response was requested adding three additional stations. High winds rapidly pushed the fire in a westerly direction toward Burlington Road endangering other homes. The fire began crowning through the woods with flames 80 feet high. Winds caused the fire to jump Nunuville Road in several locations. A second alarm was requested for additional fire units and resources from the Forestry Commission. Fire apparatus were positioned along a one mile stretch of Nunuville Road to protect structures. The fire overran firefighters at one point and continued to jump freshly cut fire lines. After approximately three hours, the fire pushed to Burlington Road and jump the secondary road continuing to burn in a westerly direction toward the Koger Subdivision.
Firefighters and Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a door to door evacuation of residences on Burlington Road who in the path of the fire. A third alarm was requested for units to protect homes on Burlington Road. Crews eventually brought the fire under control and were able to protect all of the homes. One mobile home on Nunuville suffered minor damage and one resident was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. An estimated 100 acres of woods was burned during the incident. Fire units were on the scene for over seven hours, with Forestry units monitoring the fire through the night.
Engine 1, Engine 4, Engine 5, Engine 9, Engine 19, Engine 24, Engine 26, Engine 27, Engine 32, Engine 36, Tender 1, Tender 5, Tender 9, Tender 17, Tender 18, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Tender 32, Tender 36, Brush 2, Brush 9, Brush 8, Brush 24, Battalion 1, Medic 1, Medic 9, Medic 19, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 107, Car 110, Car 111 and Car 119 responded. Captain Gary Nahrstedt served as Incident Commander.
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